An intense collection of interconnected stories that portray life through the eyes of a young man in a small Iowa town, by the author of "Already Dead: A California Gothic," "Angels" and "Resuscitation of a Hanged Man."
"Reading these stories is like reading ticker tape from the subconscious."--The Nation
"A work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity."--Entertainment Weekly
"Intense, vicious, and beautiful, these stories are fraught with a cutting wit purposefully juxtaposed against the too-big sentimentality of a drunk. Denis Johnson is an exquisite writer."--Mary Gaitskill
"[Dennis Johnson is] a synthesizer of profoundly American voices: we can hear Twain in his biting irony, Whitman in his erotic excess, not a little of Dashiell Hammett too in the hard sentences he throws back at his gouged, wounded world. And behind all these you sense something else: a visionary angel, a Kerouac, or, better yet, a Blake, who has seen his demon and yearned for God and forged a language to contain them both."--Newsday
"Ferocious intensity. . . . No American novelist since William Burroughs has so flagrantly risked 'insensitivity' in an effort to depict the pathology of addiction."--The New York Times Book Review